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The Most Inspiring TV Couples Ever

The oc
Source: Fox

Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:08 p.m. ET

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So what if TV couples aren't real? Their effect on your idea of love and romance is very real. Look back on the couples who have inspired viewers the most.

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Veronica mars
Source: Michael Desmond/The CW

Sure, they made no sense for a very long time. But Veronica and Logan were eventually a pretty cute couple on Veronica Mars.

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Vampire diaries
Source: The CW

Why were Elena and Damon so hot together on Vampire Diaries? It might have helped that stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder were dating in real life for most of the series.

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True blood
Source: HBO

Of all the crazy pairings on True Blood, we're the most attached to Sookie and Alcide. Perhaps because it took so long for them to finally get together!

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The office pam jim
Source: NBC

Pam and Jim were absolutely the heart and soul of The Office, from their initial flirting to life as a married couple with kids.

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svu

Svu
Source: NBC

Okay, so Stabler and Benson weren't a typical romantic couple on Law and Order: SVU. But arguably, they were totally soul mates.

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Sex and the city
Source: HBO

He was an urban dating legend come true! Steve the bartender went from one-night stand to husband for Miranda on Sex and the City.

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Secret life
Source: ABC Family

Amy and Ricky's relationship was on and off for the entire duration of Secret Life of the American Teenager, but ultimately their first love came to a very realistic end.

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Pretty little liars
Source: ABC Family

There are several problematic couples for the girls on Pretty Little Liars, but Toby and Spencer are two people who just can't stay away from each other.

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Parks and rec
Source: NBC

"I love you and I like you," Leslie and Ben said in their wedding vows on Parks and Rec, and lo, a new romantic goal was born.

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One tree hill nathan haley
Source: The CW

Nathan and Haley got married when they were 16 on One Tree Hill, had a baby at age 18, and still managed to be the most stable and sweet couple on the series. A miracle!

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Modern family
Source: ABC

Immature Phil and overbearing Claire feel like a real couple on Modern Family, and they complement each other excellently.

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Mindy project
Source: NBC

One of the best aspects of The Mindy Project is Mindy's steady stream of different boyfriends. Each one is cuter than the last (until her inevitable partnering with Danny Castellano, of course!).

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Lassie timmy

Timmy and his dog Lassie had an impenetrable and lifelong friendship on Lassie, and isn't that the most inspiring kind of relationship of all?

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Himym robin barney
Source: CBS

Womanizing Barney and tomboy Robin wound up being a perfect pair on How I Met Your Mother.

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buffy

Buffy
Source: The WB

Buffy and Angel of Buffy were a modern (and mythical) retelling of the star-crossed Romeo and Juliet, since he was a vampire and she was born to kill him.

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I love lucy

The original married TV couple, Lucy and Desi of I Love Lucy taught us that the most important ingredient in a marriage is laughter (and maybe patience).

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Gossip girl
Source: The CW

Blair and Chuck were the evil king and queen of the Upper East Side on Gossip Girl, which made them perfect for each other.

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Girls
Source: HBO

Is there relationship healthy? Not exactly. But Hannah and Adam on Girls are a perfect example of the kind of relationship you find yourself in at age 24.

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Gilmore girls
Source: The WB

Luke and Lorelai were a classic will-they-won't-they on Gilmore Girls, but their complicated relationship kept things interesting the whole series.

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monica and chandler

Friends
Source: NBC

Ross and Rachel may have gotten all the attention and drama on Friends, but that's only because Monica and Chandler were such an easy, natural match for each other.

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Big bang theory
Source: CBS

Leonard and Penny's relationship has played out slowly and naturally on The Big Bang Theory, and has given hope to nerds everywhere that they can get the girl.

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Dawsons creek
Source: The WB

How cute were Pacey and Joey on Dawson's Creek? So cute they set unreal expectations for an entire generation of teenagers.

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carrie diaries
Source: The CW

It's not just because of their matching highlights! Carrie and Sebastian on The Carrie Diaries totally would have dated in a real high school. They're the hottest people in their class!

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Lost kate sawyer
Source: ABC

Kate and Sawyer were part of a love square on Lost, but they win all the steamy points. Just look at them.

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Everybody loves raymond
Source: CBS

So what if they spent most of their time arguing? Ray and Deborah were a sweetly realistic married couple on Everybody Loves Raymond, and we wouldn't have minded them being our parents.

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General hospital

Luke and Laura weren't just the central couple of General Hospital—they are one of the most important (and influential) TV couples of all time.

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glee

Glee
Source: Fox

Kurt and Blaine have gone from competitors to buddies to boyfriends to an engaged couple on Glee, breaking down countless television barriers in the process.

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Golden girls

We're glad Miles was the first guy Rose really dated after her husband passed away on Golden Girls... less glad that he turned out to be a cheating mobster.

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Greys anatomy
Source: ABC

Meredith and Derek's sexual connection kicked off the drama on Grey's Anatomy, and continued right through their eventual marriage.

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The office michael holly
Source: NBC

Michael Scott of The Office spent his whole life looking for love... and the writers created his perfect soul mate in Holly.

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DAMON WAYANS JR., ELIZA COUPE
Source: ABC

Brad and Jane of Happy Endings have convinced us that marriage doesn't have to be so scary... as long as you find someone as hilarious as you are.

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Himym lily marshall
Source: CBS

Ted spent the whole series of How I Met Your Mother searching for a love as easy and natural as his best buddies', Lily and Marshall.

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Lost penny desmond
Source: ABC

Desmond was shipwrecked for three years on Lost, but his love Penny never gave up hope she'd find him. Their reunion was one of the best moments of the series.

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New girl
Source: Fox

Turning the will-they-won't-they television rules on their head, Jess and Nick got together midway through the second season of New Girl—with one of the hottest TV kisses ever.

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One tree hill lucas peyton
Source: The CW

Lucas and Peyton were on again, off again for much of One Tree Hill, but they were an easy couple to root for, even when he was dating her best friend Brooke.

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revenge

Revenge
Source: ABC

Nothing unites a couple like a common desire for vengeance, and thus Emily and Aiden are two of a kind on Revenge.

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scandal

TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON
Source: ABC

Sure, they're totally doomed—but will you get a load of that chemistry? Fitz and Olivia on Scandal, we wait for you, we watch for you.

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The nanny
Source: CBS

A Queens gal with huge hair and a stuffy, rich Brit fell in love on The Nanny, and each taught the other a little something about life in the process.

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The oc
Source: Fox

Why were Kirsten and Sandy such a great couple on The OC? Well, they always seemed to have a pretty awesome sex life, to the chagrin of their son.

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The office dwight angela
Source: NBC

They were totally creepy and weird together, which is precisely why Dwight and Angela were peas in a pod on The Office.

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